The Premier League can be a cruel place for struggling managers and the next to get sacked is a great market to get in on early with some interesting prices!
The Premier League season is well underway and some of the managers are under extreme pressure. Owners of Premier League clubs aren’t renowned for being the most patient and if a team isn’t doing well, they will make changes.
Last season, there were four sackings in total. Slaven Bilic was the first of which to lose his job at West Brom, on December 16th. West Brom were struggling, but the change would make not a lot of difference as they would go on to be relegated anyway!
This season five managers have lost their jobs already with Xisco Munoz, Steve Bruce and Nuno Espírito Santo (Spurs) all getting the boot. Two more were added to the list this weekend as Daniel Farke (Norwich City) and Dean Smith (Aston Villa) parted ways with their respective clubs.
Sacking managers is an expensive task and clubs need to be sure things need to change before, or that they don’t have a long contract left and sacking them won’t break the bank! Hopefully, none will be handed as badly as Brighton when they sacked Gus Poyet!
Premier League Sack Race 2021/22 Odds (Betfair)
Ole Gunnar Solskajer – 4/9
The Manchester United manager is under extreme pressure after a very poor start to the season. United are currently 6th in the Premier League table helped only by a solid win against Tottenham Hotspurs before losing to rivals Manchester City at the weekend.
The 5-0 defeat at home against Liverpool still stings but the powers that be decided to give Solskaer another reprieve. Rumours that his job depended on performances against Spurs, Atalanta and City means he is hanging on by his fingertips.
Defeats for other top teams means that ManU are not quite out of the title race, and they still have Champions League ambitions. But will it be Ole at the helm or is Brendan Rodgers next in line to take over at Old Trafford?
Claudio Ranieri – 13/2
The former Leicester manager is now in charge at Watford and has had very contrasting results in his first three games. His first game in charge saw Liverpool beat his side 5-0 in what was a very disappointing performance from Watford. Then in his next game, he went to Everton and bounced back with a 5-2 win.
However, the following weeks resulted in another two defeats and while four games aren’t enough to judge a new manager, Watford FC has a history of sacking managers. If results go back to consistently being bad, then don’t be surprised if there’s another change at the club.
Brendan Rodgers – 12/1
After speculation that he would take over at Manchester United, Brendan Rodgers’ odds to be the next manager to leave his club were slashed. Rodgers is currently at Leicester City, however, as his team are languishing in 12th spot it’s not looking good for the former Liverpool manager.
That said, Leicester City are on 15 points and as the table is so compressed, that is only two points off being in 6th place – pretty much where United are right now. So will Rodgers get the boot or will an offer from Old Trafford tempt him away before he can be pushed?